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Sam Lynd

Sam Lynd, 34
NEA Baptist Health System

Sam Lynd’s grand career in health care started as a fluke.

Lynd was a senior in high school when a friend told him about a job opening at a pharmacy. Lynd, who had been working outside on a construction site, took the job.

“I lucked my way into health care,” Lynd said. “I thought air conditioning sounded pretty good.”

It wasn’t luck after that, of course. Lynd attended the University of Alabama to pursue a journalism degree but changed to health care management after he interned at a Florida hospital.

Lynd later earned master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lynd worked for NEA Baptist in Jonesboro before taking a CEO job at a Memphis hospital in 2014. He returned to Jonesboro as CEO in April 2020.

“The most rewarding thing in my job is working to coach and develop people and seeing them create the change that impacts patients,” Lynd said. “Patient outcomes are our ultimate goal.”

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